Joe Spisak
Joe Spisak

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Boiling Springs, Pa.

High School:
Boiling Springs

Height / Weight:
5-7 / 141



03/20/2014

Sulzer Advances to Quarterfinals at NCAA Championships

Five Cavaliers remain alive after first day of action

03/20/2014

Virginia Begins Competition at NCAA Championships

Four Cavaliers win opening matches

03/12/2014

Eight Virginia Wrestlers to Compete at NCAA Championships

Program-record five Cavaliers earn seeds, Herrmann nabs at-large berth at 125 pounds

02/11/2014

Joe Spisak Named ACC Wrestler of Week

Spisak topped pair of ranked opponents last week

02/09/2014

No. 12 Virginia Knocks Off NC State, 22-10

Cavaliers win seven of 10 weight classes to improve to 17-3

03/21/2013

NCAA Wrestling Championships (by Matthew Holst)

Nine Virginia wrestlers competed in the NCAA Championships Thursday (March 21).

2013 NCAA Qualifier - 141 pounds

2011 NCAA Qualifier - 133 pounds

AT VIRGINIA: 2012-13
• Finished with 21-7 record
• Topped Maryland's Frank Goodwin in 141 conso final at ACC Championships to take third place and earn automatic berth to NCAA Championships
• Named to ACC Academic Honor Roll for third straight year
• Went 0-2 at NCAA Championships; took top-seeded Logan Stieber (Ohio State) down to wire before falling 8-5 in opener
• Went 17-6 at 141 pounds after starting season at 133 (moved up to 141 on Nov. 16)
• Was 3-6 against 2013 NCAA qualifiers
• Earned ACC Co-Wrestler of the Week honors on Feb. 5 after pinning Maryland's Shane Arechiga in a dual
• Missed nearly three weeks of action in January because of injury
• Had 15-match winning streak snapped on Feb. 10
• Won the Cleveland State Open and Shorty Hitchcock Tournament at 141 pounds
• Missed nearly three weeks in January because of injury

2011-12
• Redshirt season
• Went 7-1 while competing unattached in open tournaments
• Placed first at 133 pounds in Newberry Open (2/4)
• Took second place at Edinboro Open (2/11)
• Defeated NCAA qualifier Scott Festejo of Old Dominion, 13-6, at Edinboro Open

2010-11
• Posted 23-16 record during freshman season
• Went 16-10 in duals, including 3-2 in ACC action
• Earned at-large berth to NCAA Championships, where he went 0-2
• Fell 5-1 to Levi Mele of Northwestern and 5-4 to Tyler Small of Kent State at NCAAs
• One of five wrestlers nationally named to NWCA All-Academic True Freshman Team
• Named to Academic All-ACC Wrestling Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll
• Scored bonus points in 13 of his 23 wins
• Earned two wins over 2011 NCAA qualifiers - Small of Kent State and T.J. Mitchell of Liberty
• Took runner-up honors at 133 at ACC Championship
• Knocked off No. 2 seed Lou Ruland of Maryland in ACC semifinals, avenging a Ruland pin in the regular season
• Nabbed wins over NC State's Conor Hovis (tech fall), UNC's Pat Owens and Duke (forfeit) during ACC regular season
• In last regular-season match, he nearly pinned No. 12 Kyle Hutter of ODU and held lead for majority of bout before falling on late takedown, 10-8
• In his second college bout, he recorded 14-2 major decision over then-No. 18 Jimmy Kirchner of Rider
• Earned team's Freshman Academic Achievement Award
• Placed third at Cleveland State Open (12/11)

BOILING SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL
• State champion at 130 pounds in 2010
• Four-time state placewinner
• Posted 167-12 career record
• Four-time All-Sentinel Team and All-Conference
• Three-time Patriot News Big 14 Team
• Holds school records for most wins, pins and technical falls
• Won sectional, district and regional titles en route to state crown his senior year
• Won sectionals, districts and regionals as sophomore (112 pounds) and junior (119)
• Placed second at state in 2008 and seventh in 2009
• As freshman, won sectional and district titles and took sixth at state (103 pounds)
• Runner up at 2010 Dapper Dan (130 pounds) and Disney Duals with team MAWA
• Team captain his junior and senior seasons
• John Travers Scholar Athlete finalist
• Coached by Rodney Wright at Boiling Springs
• Also played football as sophomore and junior (tailback/inside linebacker/kick returner)
• Led team in touchdowns his junior year before suffering a broken ankle in fifth game
• Class Historian in 2008 and Class Treasurer in 2010

PERSONAL
• Parents are Steve and Kim Spisak
• Has three sisters, Anna, Mary-Kate and Emma
• Enjoys Xbox, gymnastics and riding his motorcycle

Weight Overall Dual ACC Dual Dual Pts. ACC NCAA MD TF Pins Fastest
Year Class Record Record Record Scored Place Place W/L W/L W/L Pin
2010-11 133 23-16 16-10 3-2 77 0-0 0-0 1-0 4-1 8-2 1:12
2011-12* 133 7-1 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1-1 1-0 1-0 2:17
2012-13 133/141 21-7 7-4 2-1 27 0-0 0-0 4-1 0-0 3-0 0:30
2013-14 141 19-13 11-7 3-3 41 0-2 0-2 2-1 0-0 1-1 0:27
Career 63-37 34-21 8-6 145 0-2 0-0 8-3 4-1 12-3 0:27